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Atlantica Yield Plc: Building Growth and Sharing it

By Roger S. Conrad on Nov. 11, 2019

Roughly four years ago, Atlantica Yield’s (NSDQ: AY) largest shareholder Abengoa SA (Spain: ABG) filed bankruptcy. The move restricted cash flows from facilities the pair held in common. And as a result, the yieldco was forced to suspend dividends until September 2016, when it resumed at a quarterly rate that was barely one-third the former payout.

Big Midstream for Growth and Income

By Roger S. Conrad on Nov. 11, 2019

Sustainability worries about North American shale oil and gas production, governance concerns and an ugly half-decade of dividend cuts convinced many investors to flee the midstream energy sector and never look back.

Earnings Point to Opportunity

By Roger S. Conrad on Nov. 11, 2019

US/China trade deal optimism has gained steam this month. That’s pushed up the yield on the 10-year Treasury bond to its highest level since late July. And the result has been a mini-sector rotation out of many dividend-paying stocks.

Deutsche Telekom Cuts But Real Danger Lies Elsewhere

By Roger S. Conrad on Nov. 11, 2019

Deutsche Telekom (Germany: DTE, OTC: DTEGY) cut in its annual dividend to 60 Euro cents, from last year’s 70 Euro cents rate. The move surprised us because business is good.

Utilities: The State of Regulation

By Roger S. Conrad on Nov. 11, 2019

Elections have consequences. And that goes double when you operate a heavily regulated essential services business.

For most US states and localities, 2019 has been an off year with few contested races to bring voters to the polls.

America Movil: High Growth at Low Price

By Roger S. Conrad on Oct. 7, 2019

Carlos Slim’s America Movil (Mexico: AMXL, NYSE: AMX) today is a global powerhouse serving nearly 280 million wireless and 85 million wireline customers in more than a dozen countries. Mexico is most important at a third of revenue, followed by Brazil at 20 percent and the US at 15 percent.

Chevron Corp: Safe Bet on Energy Convergence

By Roger S. Conrad on Oct. 7, 2019

Outside of regulated utilities, no group of companies has demonstrated greater long-term resilience than super oils like Top 10 DRIP Chevron Corp (NYSE: CVX). That’s still true despite what many consider their greatest challenge yet: Global decarbonization.

Managing Profits in a Late Stage Bull Market

By Roger S. Conrad on Oct. 7, 2019

There are about three months remaining in 2019, and much can still happen. But up to now, it’s been a quite profitable year for Conrad’s Utility Investor Portfolios.

Few Names but Many Dangers

By Roger S. Conrad on Oct. 7, 2019

Buckeye Partners (NYSE: BPL) exited the Endangered Dividends List last spring, following its all-cash takeover offer of $41.50 per share from Australia’s IGM Investors in May. Last week, the deal inched closer to a fourth quarter 2019 close, as the Committee on Foreign Investment in the US and Pennsylvania Public Utilities Commission signed off.

Seeking Value and Shunning Value Traps Sector by Sector

By Roger S. Conrad on Oct. 7, 2019

The Dow Jones Utility Average has returned 15.1 percent annually since the start of the bull market in March 2009. So far in 2019, the pace has been twice that.

Utility stocks have benefitted from the desire to buy American in a trade challenged world, their reputation for solid defense, falling interest rates’ positive impact on borrowing costs and yield appeal, and the outlook for accelerating earnings growth next year while other industries stall.



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